Monday, August 09, 2010

Michael Attias - Twines of Colesion (Clean Feed, 2010)

Recorded live during a jazz festival in Portugal, this album develops in a slow and thoughtful manner as the musicians expand themes and improvisations in a deeply artistic manner. Attias plays alto saxophone, joined by Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, John Hebert on bass, Russ Lossing on piano and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. "(New) Loom" opens the album with the instruments widely spaced, building slowly as the tension of the horns increases. The lengthy performance builds to a section of strong free-ish horn playing before Malaby steps out with a powerful solo statement. Hebert leads into "Lisbon" with a extensive and subtle bass solo, joined after a while by subtle smeared horns and spare piano, creating a poignant sound-scape. "Fenix Cluprit" begins with light saxophone and spare piano, developing a faster rolling pace, spurring saxophones to a flight of nimble fancy. "Hunter" finds the saxophones making inquiries over dark toned piano, slowly developing the spacious atmosphere in gentle waves of sound. "Le Puits Noir" has a light and spacious percussion foundation, with Takeishi sounding nimble and dexterous. Strong, swirling saxophone, fast tenor with the drums rising to the challenge build to a deep and powerful conclusion. Quiet and atmospheric development mark "The Very Thing" with breathy saxophone joining gentle piano, bass and drums. The music develops to a faster and more vibrant conclusion. "Vitesse De Laumiere" features percussive piano and strong twin saxophones with thick bass providing a strong foundation for a sweeping alto solo, before Attias bows out and Malaby takes the music into strong and vibrant territory. "The Maze And The Loom" ends the album on a quiet note, with gentle swirling horns that swirl and twist like a strand of musical DNA. The musicians play throughout this album in a very thoughtful and patient manner, allowing the music to develop organically. The breadth of their musical vision is inspiring, as they work to widen and expand the nature of the music. Twines Of Colesion - amazon.com

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